Asrama Events 2005 [August-December]
2005 [August-Dec.] — Visit of Paramadvaiti Maharaja, Anniversary of Sri Narasingha Chaitanya Matha, Karttika, Govardhana Puja, Srila Prabhupada Disappearance, Appearance of Bhaktivinoda, Radhasthami, Reprinting of Follow the Angels and In Search of the Ultimate goal of Life, Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja, Srila Narasingha Maharaja Vyasa Puja, Video: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Biography: The Universal Teacher, New book by Srila Sridhara Maharaja entitled Encounters With Divinity, Sri Krsna Janmastami Mahotsava.
See Events Index below for more events from 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 2000.
Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaja Visits South India
Paramadvaiti Maharaja returned to Govindaji Gardens where he gave class to the devotees from the new book of Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Encounters with Divinity.
He also visited Gosai Ghat, a well known bathing spot on the holy Kaveri River, just adjacent to the ashrama, as well as the Rangantha temple and Melkote.
Some days later Swami B.G. Narasingha and Swami B.B. Vishnu took Paramadvaiti Maharaja to the new ashrama at Mulki. While in the area Paramadvaiti Maharaja also visited the Krishna temple at Udupi where he met with Visvesa Tirtha Swami of Pejavara Matha.
On the return trip to Govindaji Gardens Paramadvaiti Maharaja stopped for darshan at Kukke Subrahmanya. Paramadvaiti Maharaja also gave an enlivening class to the devotees in Bangalore before returning to Europe.
Observance of Karttika Masa
Every evening, lamps were lit around all the temples and the devotees sang the Damodarastakam prayers recommended by Srila Sanatana Gosvami Prabhu in Sri Hari Bhakti Vilasa. Bhajanas by various mahajanas were also sung in glorification of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda.
After class, all the devotees took part in bathing the govardhana-sila with milk and rose water. Giriraja was then taken to the altar of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava where He was decorated with garlands and offered a sumptuous feast which was then honored by devotees and guests.
Srila Prabhupada's Tirobhava Mahotsava
After darsana-arati and bhajanas glorifying guru-tattva, Srila Narasingha Maharaja spoke on Srila Prabhupada's eternal residence at Sri Sri Radha-Damodara temple, the subject of Prabhupada's eternal rasa, his world-wide preaching activities and how Srila Sridhara Deva Gosvami Maharaja and other senior Vaisnavas considered him to be a saktyavesa-avatara of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Guru-puja was offered to Srila Prabhupada and devotees honored prasadam at midday.
At 7:20 in the evening, after singing Damodarastakam, devotees congregated at Srila Prabhupada's Puspa-samadhi to observe the actual time that Srila Prabhupada departed from this world. Srila Visnu Maharaja offered arati to Prabhupada as H.H. Madhava Maharaja led everyone in singing the Prabhupada arati song. After the arati ceremony there was a debut showing of the new DevaVision film on the life of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, 'The Univesal Teacher.'
After offering puspanjali and arati to the lotus feet of Thakura Mahasaya, the devotees sang bhajanas in his glorification.
Srila Visnu Maharaja then spoke something on the life of Srila Bhaktivinoda. He mentioned about his great contribution as a pioneer of the Krsna Consciousness movement and his influence on the life and preaching of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada and his followers.
Bhakti Vijnana Giri Maharaja spoke on the songs
of Bhaktivinoda, in particular he spoke about the
section from Saranagati entitled Dainya
(humility) and its application in the life of a
sadhaka. He also explained Srila Sarasvati
Thakura's vision of Bhaktivinoda as the personification
of Gadadhara Pandita Gosvami.
After the decorating of the Deities and the darsana-arati, Srila Visnu Maharaja gave a very enlivening class on the appearance of Srimati Radharani and the importance of balancing our personal sadhana with our seva. Maharaja’s class was followed by a short class by BV Giri Maharaja who spoke on the Holy Name of Srimati Radharani.
of Follow The Angels and In Search of
the Ultimate Goal of Life
Gosai Publishers is also reprinting In Search of the Ultimate Goal of Life by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada. This book was probably the first literary work by Srila Prabhupada after he accepted sannyasa in 1959. The book deals with the divine conversastion between Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Raya Ramananda on the banks of the Godavari River, and is considered by Gaudiya Vaisnavas to be the acme of all theistic conceptions.
two reprints, as well as the new book of Srila Sridhara
with Divinity will be available during Karttika
in Vrndavana, India from selected book stores as
well as from Mandala
Publishing or matha devotees.
Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja Celebrations
In the morning, the assembled devotees offered puspanjali unto Srila Prabhupada's lotus feet as Srila Narasingha Maharaja sang Sri Guru Carana Padma and Srila Visnu Maharaja offered the arati to His Divine Grace.
After singing some bhajanas there was a class by Srila Narasingha Maharaja who spoke upon a variety of topics. Apart from speaking on the early pastimes of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Narasingha Maharaja also cautioned devotees about harboring a sentimental mentality towards guru and Krsna. He also explained that the duty of a genuine guru is to speak out against philosophical misconceptions, not simply to give generic blessings to all that cross his path.
Narasingha Maharaja's Vyasa Puja Mahotsava
The program began with the auspicious adhivasa-puja performed by Bhakti Vijnana Giri Maharaja and Nanda-kisora Dasa. Srila Narasingha Maharaja was presented with the new Vyasa Puja book which contained many philosophical articles written by our acaryas, news of the asrama and offerings and appreciations by disciples and followers.
Srila Visnu Maharaja was invited to speak first. Maharaja spoke on the many contributions of Srila Narasingha Maharaja and the various sevas that are going on due to his continous enthusiasm and inspiration.
Next, H.H. Bhakti Srirupa Madhava Maharaja gave his offering which was a song that he had written in Bengali extolling the transcendental virtues of Srila Narasingha Maharaja. Maharaja led all the devotees in singing this song and punctuated it by reading the meaning of each verse in English. Other devotees also read their offerings and Srila Narasingha Maharaja spoke in between each offering.
The Universal Teacher
Devavision Productions is producing The Universal Teacher, a new documentary on the life and precepts of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada. The film includes interviews with acaryas of various Gaudiya missions, interviews with some of the last remaining disciples of Sarasvati Thakura and rare footage and photographs from that time. Bonus features on the DVD will include articles about and by Srila Sarasvati Thakura, trailers and a still photograph gallery.
book of Srila Sridhara Maharaja
Sri Krsna Janmastami Mahotsava
The pujaris also decorated Jagannatha, Gaura-Gadadhara, Yoga-Narasimha and the other asrama Deities in a similar way.
At 10:00am, Srila Visnu Maharaja gave a class from the manuscript of the forthcoming book of Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Encounters With Divinity, and spoke from each of the four sections of the book.
Devotees sang bhajanas throughout the morning up until 3:00 when nagesvaram played for the pleasure of the Deities. Throughout the day, from 4 p.m. onwards, more than five thousand plates of prasadam were distributed to guests in spite of heavy rain.
At 5:00 Sri Krsna abhiseka began and Srila Narasingha Maharaja bathed Govindaji in thirty different auspicious substances such as pancagavya, pancamrta, flower-water, fruit-juices etc as kirtana led by Swami Madhava continued.
After the bathing ceremony, the Deities of Gandharvika-Kanaka Govinda were taken out on Their palaki to the accompaniment of nagesvaram, flute and hari-nama sankirtana, circumabulating the temple five times.
When the Deities were brought back to the altar, Srila Guru Maharaja offered arati as H.H. Bhakti Srirupa Madhava Maharaja led the devotees in chanting the Holy Names.
Tirtham was distributed after the arati and, from 7:00 till 9:00, the carnatic bhajana singer Sri Vidyabhusana sang songs composed by Madhvacarya, Purandara Dasa and Kanaka Dasa. This was followed by Murali-Krsna Dasa who played flute from 9:00 till 11:00.
The bhoga offering was brought to the altar at 11:30. This year, the devotees who cooked managed to make 117 preparations for the pleasure of the Lord. Despite the heavy rains, the midnight arati was attended by about 200 guests who stayed on to honor the prasadam remnants of the Lord.
2009 Karttika in Vrndavana - 2009, Bhagavad Gita Widget & Guardian of Devotion Widget, Radhastami & Vyasa Puja of Swami Narasingha - Kaliya-mardana Krsna Ashram - 2009, Radhastami & Vyasa Puja of Swami Narasingha - Govindaji Gardens Ashram - 2009, Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja Observance 2009, Janmastami – Mexico 2009, Janmastami – Govindaji Gardens 2009
2008 [August] — New Books Published, Appearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Appearance of Srila B.G. Narasingha Maharaja, Janmasthami Celebrations 2008: Sri Narasingha Caitanya Matha and Kaliya-Mardhana Krsna Ashram.
2008 [April - June] — Narasinghadeva's Appearance Day Festival, Candana Yatra
2008 [January - March ] — Gaura Purnima at Govindaji Gardens, Gaura Purnima at Kaliya-Mardhana-Krsna Ashram, Sivaratri, Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance, Vasant Pancami
2007 [October - December] — Srila Prabhupada Tirubhava , Karttika in Vrndavan at Radha Damodar, Chief Minister Visits , Govardhana Puja, Sridhara Maharaja Appearance, Kartikka Masa, The Philosophy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
2007 [June-September] — Radhasthami, Vyasa Puja Srila Prabhupada, Vyasa Puja Srila B.G. Narasingha Maharaja, Janmasthami 2007, Renovation of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's samadhi finished, Bhajan Kutira Renovation started.
2007 [March-May] — Sri Narasimha-caturdasi, Chandan Yatra, Srila Rupa Goswami Samadhi Reconstruction Progresses, Italy Center Opens [Srila Prabhupada Seva Ashram], Gaura Purnima observed at Govindaji Gardens.
2007 [February] — Srila Rupa Goswami Samadhi Reconstruction in Progress, Prabhupada Returns to his Rooms at Radha Damodara Temple, Bhumi Puja at Srila Rupa Goswami's Samadhi.
2007 [January] — Appearance of Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada, visit of Jayadvaita Swami, Visit by Sripada BB Bodhayana Maharaja, Appearance of Lord Nityananda, Marriage of Drdha Vrata and Gandarvika, Vasant Pancami, Visit of Guru Prasad Maharaja.
2006 [October-December] — Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Disappearace, Srila Prabhupada Disappearace, Govardhana Puja, Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Deva Gosvami Appearance.
2006 [August-September] — Srila Bhakti Promoda Puri Gosvami Appearance, Radhasthami, Visiting Friends in Europe and the USA, 60th Appearance of Swami BG Narasingha, Vyasa Puja of Srila Prabhupada, Janmasthami 2006.
2006 [May-July] — Wedding of Sri Gopal Dasa and Anuradha Devi Dasi, Candana-yatra
2006 [January-April] — Hare Krsna Ashrama Inauguration Festival (Mulki), Gaura Purnima Celebration, Vasant Pancami Observance, New DVD Film Biography of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Installation of Kaliya Mardana Krsna Deity, Visit by Sri Nandanandana, Guru Prasad Swami and Swami B B Bodhayana.
2005 [August-Dec.] — Visit of Paramadvaiti Maharaja, Anniversary of Sri Narasingha Chaitanya Matha, Karttika, Govardhana Puja, Srila Prabhupada Disappearance, Appearance of Bhaktivinoda, Radhasthami, Reprinting of Follow the Angels and In Search of the Ultimate goal of Life, Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja, Srila Narasingha Maharaja Vyasa Puja, New Video: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Biography: The Universal Teacher, New book by Srila Sridhara Maharaja entitled Encounters With Divinity, Sri Krsna Janmastami Mahotsava.
2005 [May - July] — Jagannatha Ratha-yatra, Appearance of Lord Narasinghadeva, Candana-yatra, Appearance of Srila Gadadhara Pandita Gosvami.
2005 [March-April] — Filming for Srila Bhaktisiddhanta video, Gaura Purnima Festival, Maha-Sivaratri, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Appearance.
2005 - 1 [Jan-Feb.] — Nityananda Trayodasi, Vasanta-pancami, Installation of Lord Jagannatha and Gaura-Gadadhara, Ashrama Publications & Videos, Kaliya-Mardana Krsna Asrama, Kannada Songbook Printed.
2004 [Nov. - Dec.] — Disappearance Bhaktisiddhanta, Ten Year Ashrama Anniversary, Disappearance Srila B P Puri Gosvami, Disappearance Gaurakisora, Disappearance Srila Prabhupada, Karttika Masa, Govardhana Puja, Srila Sridhara Maharaja Appearance, B B Visnu Appearance.
2004 - 4 [Sept. - Oct.] — Appearance Day of Srila B P Puri Gosvami, Evolution of Theism reprinted, Sannyasa of Srila Prabhupada, Appearance of Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Radhasthami, Srila B G Narasingha Appearance, Srila Prabhupada Appearance, Janmasthami.
2004 - 3 [April cont.-August] — Visit of Vijayashankar MP, Visit of Dr Rajaram, Painting of Narasinghadeva's temple, Himalayan Pilgrimage video, Library & Devavision Studio opening.
- 2 [March-April]
— Narasingha Caturdasi,
Candana Yatra, Deities of sannyasis, new Goshalla, Gaura
Purnima, Salagrama-hara, Srila Prabhupada Samadhi painting.
2004 - 1 [Jan-Feb.] — Sivaratri, Appearance Bhaktisiddhanta, Nityananda Trayodasi, Kirtan Hall Artistry, Visits of BV Narasingha & Guru Prasad Svami, Vasanta-pancami, Publication of Prakrta-rasa Aranya Chedini, Kumbha Mela on New Zealand TV.
2003 [Sept - Dec.] — Tirobhava of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, Foundation of Library & Multimedia Studio, Yoga-Narasimha Tilaka, Video Darshan of Yoga-Narasingha, Installation of Sri Sri Laksmi-Narasingha, Srila Prabhupada's Tirobhava, Karttika, Govardana Puja, Avirbhava of Srila BR Sridhara Deva Gosvami, Appearance of Srila BB Visnu Maharaja, Radhastami.
2003 - 1 [August] — Janmastami and Installation of Yoga-Narasingha, Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja, Vyasa Puja of Srila Narasingha Maharaja.
2003 - 2 [May-July] — Puri Ratha Yatra, Tumcur Science Program, Bhoga Narasingha and Yoga Narasingha, Narasingha Caturdasi, Candana Yatra.
2003 - 3 [Jan-April] — Gandaki Muktinatha, Gaura Purnima Festival, Varadaraja in Kondaggi, Laksmi-Narasimha in Javagal, Yoga-Narasimha in Belavadi, Mahabalipuram, Pakshi-tirtha, Vasanta-pancami, Wedding of Govardhana and Krsna-priya dd.
2002-2 [June - Dec.] — Srila Prabhupada Deity, Vrndavana Temples, Subramanya Tirtha, Karttika Masa, Govardhana Puja, Srila Prabhupada's Tirobhava, Subhaga Svami visits, Kitchen Ground-breaking, Sridhar Swami visits, Goshalla Completed, Vyasa Puja of B. P. Puri Goswami, Radhastami and Babaji Initiation, Narasingha Maharaja Vyasa-puja, Janmastami, Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa-puja, Audarya Asrama program and San Francisco Ratha-yatra.
2002 [Jan. - May] — Narasingha Jayanti in Vermont & Govindaji Gardens, Gosala Foundation, Pejavara Svami visits, Gaura Purnima in Vermont & Govindaji Gardens, Guru Prasad Swami Visits, Jayadvaita Maharaja visits.
2001 [July - Dec.] — Boston Program, Govardhana Puja, Srila Prabhupada Tirobhava, Govardhana Hill Manifests, Gurukula boys visit Nagamangala, Radha Damodara Moves to Vermont, Devavision Project Moves, Editing for Devavision Underway, Installation of Sri Sudarsana Cakra, Radhastami, Vyasa-puja Celebration of BG Narasingha Maharaja, Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja, Janmastami & Janmastami videos, Boston Program, West Coast Saranagati Tour.
2001 [Jan - June] — Cira-dahi Mahotsava, Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi, Calf born, Meeting with Asta-matha Swamis in Udupi, Candana-yatra, Narasingha Caturdasi, Ramanujacaryas Appearance, Gaura Purnima, Tripurari Maharaja visits, Tour to Subrahmanya, Halebid and Udupi, New Center and Deities in Bangalore, Sivaratri, Nityananda Avirbhava, Deity chamber decoration, New Calf, 2001 Kumbha Mela.